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    To sew and quilt smaller blocks ? Like for cell phones, etc.
    for a beginner. ????

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    I think what is important for a beginner is to start with something easy, like an easy block,rail fence and many others. A beginner needs to practice that silly 1/4 inch (I am still practicing that one).
    If you want to do a small block, why don't you try a larger test one first!

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    Small blocks with small pieces require more finesse on the seam allowance (at least that's what I found for me) and are therefore harder to handle. I would recommend a regular-sized block used for a pot holder. Small project - no worries.

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    thankyou madquilter and I love your pix of you wrapped in beautiful quilt!

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    Hi there! Aren't you the woman who already made 2 quilts????
    Or is that another person? :D
    I wouldn't recommend really small, either.

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    yes i am
    ok thanks

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    I wouldn't try something that small til you feel at ease with your seam allowances.

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    It is easier for me to paper piece small blocks for those little projects :D:D:D

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    paper piece means?

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    I agree with the others, starting with something small could get way too confusing, so it's best to start with larger things. Place mats are perfect because they're small and if they don't come out perfect, oh well!

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    here is a video to watch on paper piecing just click on the arrow to start playing the video

    http://www.daystyledesigns.com/paperpiecing.htm

    Quote Originally Posted by quilterwanabe7
    paper piece means?

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    From the title I thought we were gonna get to discuss something else. DARN IT! :roll:

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    Since the pieces are soooo small, I use a wood meat skewer to feed them with. Make it easier.

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    I regretted starting with a large project as a beginner. You will improve with time - start small.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flikkem
    I regretted starting with a large project as a beginner. You will improve with time - start small.
    I agree with starting with small project but not small pieces. That scant 1/4 inch seam is difficult to master.

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    thanks will do

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    ok then it is settled a pillow top it is!

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilterwanabe7
    To sew and quilt smaller blocks ? Like for cell phones, etc.
    for a beginner. ????
    Actually, I forgot about this, Rhonda has a bunch of tutes on the way she does miniatures. She has a different way of doing it than conventional piecing.

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    I find the bigger the block the easier to work with.

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    sewcrafty......who is rhonda and what r tutes?
    :?:

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    I can answer that too: Rhonda is one of the QB members who specializes in miniatures. Tutes are tutorials and you can find a variety in the tutorial section of the QB.

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    madquilter; thankyou. I feel like I'm learning a whole new language.....and it's all addicting!

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    for my first quilt, I tried something with small blocks. Ouch, turned out bad. Too much percision was needed.

    So I changed to just doing large patchwork quilts. From there a started working on strip quilts, then some easier patterns. I still am not a perfect quilter, but I feel more comfortable tackling points (thought they rarely line up right). :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilterwanabe7
    sewcrafty......who is rhonda and what r tutes?
    :?:
    Tutes are tutorials. Go to the main forum page and go under tutorials, you will see many tutorials posted by rhonda.

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    I personally like to make larger blocks, the easier the better. It makes the project get done faster and I can get to the quilting. It is also easier to find your mistakes if the blocks are bigger because the problem will show itself faster. I can always plan on having to do some ripping. The bigger the pieces the less likely I am to destroy them in the ripping process.

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